Portland Bound!

PortlandA few months ago, a former library school classmate (who’s now a librarian) asked if I’d be part of a panel proposal based on an article he and two of his librarian colleagues published, called “Factors that Increase the Probability of a Successful Academic Library Job Search.” Their panel proposal went to a committee that decided programs for the upcoming ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) conference next March in Portland, Oregon. I’m excited to say the panel proposal was accepted, and I’ll be heading to Portland in March to join the rest of the panel! The name of the panel session is, “Sustaining the Profession: Trends, Demand, and Mentorship for the Academic Library Job Search.” We don’t know the day/time slot yet, so I haven’t made travel plans yet, but am really looking forward to returning to Portland, as well as attending the ACRL Conference for the first time!


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Highlight from Maps LibGuide Project

I recently created and presented a LibGuide on maps for my Government Publications class, and this YouTube video about maps got several oohs and aahs from my classmates, so I thought I’d share it here too!


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Fall Semester Update

I received an email from the library school today, letting me know I’ve been cleared to Graduationgraduate in December, pending successful completion of this semester’s classes! I’ve got miles to go between now and December 1, when my final assignments are due, but it was still nice to get the email reminder that things are falling into place. I’ve ordered my cap, gown, and hood (lemon yellow for library science) already.

I’m taking Government Publications this semester, plus doing a practicum in serials cataloging, to finish  my final 6 credit hours. It’s turned out to be a busier semester than I imagined, but I’ve got to get ‘er done! I just have 8 more class sessions to attend (with October 13 off for fall break), down to single digits! Wow. I have a libguide (and accompanying presentation) due on Monday, and it’ll be about maps using government information. I still have a way to go on it, but at least I’ve started. It’ll be a busy weekend!

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Research Methods Class

classI’ve completed a week and a half of Research Methods class in Summer Session II, and it’s intense! There are six of us in the on-campus class, and some of the online students join us virtually on occasion. I like the small class, partly because there’s a lot of discussion. One of the interesting things about this class is that is the first time since my first semester that I’m in a class with everyone for the first time. (I knew almost everyone in the class already, it’s just I hadn’t had a class with any of them yet.) Continue reading

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Countdown to ALA

Day after tomorrow, I’m Vegas bound for the American Library Association’s Annual Conference! It’ll be my first trip to Las Vegas, and while I’ll be quite busy with conference stuff most of the time, I’m taking a little time out for some fun local stuff, including an evening tour at the Neon Museum! I’ve heard it’s a great way to learn some local Las Vegas history, as well as a place to get some neat photos.  The Neon Museum gives limited tours during the summer months, because most of the tour is in their outdoor “Neon Boneyard,” and it’s hot, hot, hot in Las Vegas in June.  Stay tuned for photos of the Neon Museum–and the rest of the conference!

Oh, I just looked at the clock! Time to get off the computer and work on getting ready! My suitcases won’t pack themselves, will they?!

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Getting Ready for Summer School

I paid for summer school today, the last summer school I’ll have to pay for, which is pretty classroom_2exciting! The text book I ordered via Amazon earlier this week arrived yesterday, so things are falling into place. Summer Session II doesn’t start until July 1, but I’m heading to ALA Annual the last few days of June, so I’m working hard to get things ready for both summer school and my trip. Thank goodness, my class doesn’t meet for the first time until the day after I get back from Las Vegas, so I’ll be able to get some rest.


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Better Luck Next Time

In the past few days, I learned that our ALA Student Chapter of the Year nomination didn’t make the cut; neither did the Hack Library School ALA Conversation Starter proposal I contributed to.  I learned some things from both, though, and hope to be part of other ALA presentation proposals in the future.

Speaker Camp

Speaker Camp

While gaining experience and talking with others who have done presentations at ALA and other conferences will be the most helpful, I’ve been searching for other resources too. I’ve discovered a book on Amazon (but not in the library *yet*) called Speaker Camp: A Self-paced Workshop for Planning, Pitching, Preparing and Presenting at Conferences, that looks promising, so I’ve added it to my Amazon Wish List. I’ve also renewed my membership to Blue Devil Toastmasters.


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